Lower back pain is a very common problem and affects one in three adults in the U.K. each year with an estimated 2.5 million people seeking help from their GP. There is thought to be a psychological component to low back pain and researchers at Warwick University have been looking into the effectiveness of CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) in treating it. They studied 701 people with back pain of whom 468 had six sessions of CBT. Those participants who received CBT saw their pain and disability levels fall twice as much as the other group.
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